Friday, February 05, 2010

Company Girl Coffee 2-5



I don't even know where to start with this post. I have been running on adrenalin for the past two days, and now I am tired and weepy.

My Dad went in for a surgical procedure on his heart on Wednesday morning. It was a procedure he has had twice before, and was supposed to be fairly routine. However, during the surgery, the femoral artery in his groin tore as they were trying to thread a line up to his heart. He began to bleed internally pretty heavily. When all was said and done, he lost about 6-7 pints of blood, which ended up in his abdomen and behind his organs. Initially, they had trouble stopping the bleeding, and getting him stabilized, which was beyond nerve wracking. My siblings, mother, and I spent most of the day Wednesday at the hospital waiting and hoping and praying while they worked to stop the bleeding and stabilize him.

He had several blood transfusions to help replace what was lost and bring up his hemoglobin levels. Today he was in pretty severe pain with the fluid and blood in his gut putting pressure on his lungs and organs, so they are giving him some pretty heavy duty pain killers. He was allowed to sit up a little today, but it will be awhile before they let him out of bed to try standing or walking.

The whole situation was so surreal. It was scary and made me feel so helpless. During the worst of it, the thought I kept coming back to was that I absolutely can't imagine my life without my dad in it. He is truly larger than life, and is the best man I know. He has a wicked sense of humor, a love of children and animals, and is the handiest man around the house. Best of all, he is a connector of people. He has a magic talent for working with others, and bringing out the best in everyone he meets. He finds ways to nurture friendships between people who might not otherwise be together. He is the core of our family and the core of our lives. Without him to anchor me, I feel like I would float, aimlessly.

I am just so incredibly thankful he is getting better. I am so thankful for everyone who has cared for my family this week. My dad has been uplifted through prayer and love, and it has helped us to feel much comfort.

I am hoping and praying that this weekend brings quick healing and pain relief for my dad, and some rest for my Mom, who has been through the wringer. I know I asked for a prayer last week as well from all of you Company Girls, but if you could spare time for one more, I would love you for it. Prayer is AMAZING, and it is what is getting us through.

11 comments:

One More Equals Four said...

So glad your Daddy is doing better...there is just something about a girl's daddy!

I said a prayer for his continued healing and for you as you go through this tough time!

John and Teresa said...

Christy, we are praying for your dad, you, and the rest of the family! He is such a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle. We are especially praying for his pain to be eased and that they will be able to complete the procedure without complications. Please let us know if you need anything at all!

the.bain.family. said...

I'm so sorry you're going through this. I can't even imagine.

Melinda said...

Prayers for your Daddy and for your family.

Anna said...

I'm glad your dad is getting better, and I hope that he continues to improve.

sectheatre said...

I've been thinking of you and your family. Hugs

dawn said...

What an ordeal! I am praying for you and your family..

my home sanctuary said...

Oh yes what an ordeal. Your daddy sounds like an amazing man/father. Praying for his speeding recovery.
Blessings,
Sherry

carikaufm said...

Oh my sweet friend, I can so relate. 5 years ago a very similar thing happened to my dad (he is still kickin', btw). We learned such a valuable lesson about never leaving our love unsaid throughout that ordeal. I have and will continue to pray for you and your family! Please keep us updated.

joyceandnorm said...

Sorry to hear you are going through this. Said a prayer for you, your dad, and your family. Make sure you get some rest. I'm sure your dad wants you to be taking care of yourself even though you are worrying about him. God bless.

Cathy said...

Just prayed for you and your dad! May his recovery be swift! I can't even imagine all you've been through! Isn't God good though to bring you all through this and with a deeper appreciation for one another.
Keep leaning on the Lord!
LydiaCate

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